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Cinco de Mayo Casserole

Today is Cinco de Mayo and also Kentucky Derby day. I created a special recipe honoring both events. I hope you’ll try it at your next fiesta.

RECIPE

Cinco de Mayo Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 beer (any kind, including non-alcoholic)
  • 1.3 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 package Bloemer’s* chili seasoning
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15½ oz. can chili beans
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 6 8″ diameter whole-wheat tortillas
  • 8 slices Boar’s Head 3-Pepper Jack cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded Monterrey jack cheese
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat the inside of a 9″ X 13″ casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Place a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add beer, ground turkey, and chili seasoning mix. Stir.
  4. Cover and cook the turkey, lifting lid occasionally to break apart the meat. The turkey should poach in the beer and become fine.
  5. Cook turkey mixture for ten minutes, covered, then simmer uncovered for five minutes.
  6. Add chopped onion, canned tomato sauce, and canned chili beans. Stir to combine.
  7. Cover and remove from heat.
  8. In the casserole dish, place 2 tortillas in the bottom. They will overlap some, and that’s all right.
  9. Spoon half the turkey chili (about 4 cups) over the tortillas.
  10. Cover the chili with the 8 slices of cheese.
  11. Place 2 tortillas over the cheese.
  12. Spoon remaining turkey chili over the tortillas.
  13. Cover turkey chili with 2 more tortillas.
  14. Spread tortillas with 8 ounces shredded Monterrey Jack cheese until completely covered.
  15. Place aluminum foil over the casserole dish.
  16. Bake casserole covered for 30 minutes, then remove the foil for 5 minutes.
  17. Garnish with the chopped cilantro.
  18. Allow casserole to cool about 10 minutes before serving.

This casserole can be assembled a day ahead then baked the day you want to serve it.

Yields: 6–8 servings

*Bloemer Food Products are available in Louisville and online at http://www.bloemerfoods.com/

Cinco de Mayo casserole

Cinco de Mayo Casserole

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Tasty Turkey Chili

Chili in summer?  At my house, anytime is chili time.  This one is a favorite, with or without beans.  I suggest Famous Bloemer’s® Chili Powder and Redneck Pepper® Jalapeño if you like yours extra spicy and hot. We save leftover chili to add to hotdogs.  Yummy!
 

RECIPE

 

Tasty Turkey Chili
Serves 4-6*

Ingredients:

1.3 pounds ground turkey breast
1  yellow onion, diced
1  10 oz. can Rotel® diced tomatoes and green chilies
1  15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 oz. Bloemer’s® chili powder
1 small can Bush’s chili beans (optional)
1 can or bottle beer, any kind
Redneck Pepper® Jalapeño (to taste)
¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves (optional)

Directions:

Brown ground turkey and onion over medium-low heat in a covered 4-quart pan.   Gradually add the remaining ingredients except for the cilantro.  Bring to a boil, then cook, uncovered until the liquid reduces and chili is thick.  Don’t rush it.  This reduction can take from 20-45 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Stir in fresh cilantro and serve. 

Store leftovers in a covered container or freeze in an airtight bag or container.  *Stretch this recipe (or leftovers) by adding 1 cup pasta and heating until pasta is al dente. Or serve the chili over cooked spaghetti.  That’s how we ate it back in the day. 🙂

Products to make great chili

Products to make great chili

These aren’t paid endorsements, by the way. Bloemer’s® is a product out of Louisville, Kentucky, where I’m from originally, and I order their chili powder by the case via the Internet; Redneck Pepper® is in Lake City, Florida, not far from where I live. Each company makes a great product, so I hope you’ll give each a try.

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